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Sea View Asylum
( Manawatū-Whanganui )
a.k.a Hokitika Lunatic Asylum
Located on a government reserve, the land was terraced and consisted of approximately 150 acres (61 ha).
The major buildings included dormitories, single rooms, dining rooms, and a padded cell.
The Hokitika Gaol, containing 30 cells, was located on a terrace at Seaview.
The Seaview Lighthouse, a Category II registered Historic Place erected in 1879, was later used as an
observation tower by the hospital
The Seaview Asylum (often: Seaview Lunatic Asylum, Seaview Psychiatric Hospital or Hokitika Lunatic Asylum) was a psychiatric hospital located to the north of Hokitika, in the West Coast Region of New Zealand's South Island. Once the town's biggest employer, the hospital was staffed by a superintendent, matron, attendants, and a labourer. A comprehensive history of the hospital, Sitivation 125: A History of Seaview Hospital, Hokitika and West Coast Mental Health Services, was written in 1997 by Warwick Brunton, now an Associate Dean at the University of Otago.
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